Study the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, beginning with return of the exiles as seen through the eyes of Ezra and Nehemiah, then moves through the story of Esther. Some of the major ideas explored are: the purity of heritage, building community, the importance of sanctuary, taking oaths, leadership qualities, the Book of Esther’s inclusion in the Bible, and the shield of faith.
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This revision of the Abingdon classic Genesis to Revelation Series is a comprehensive, verse-by-verse, book-by-book study of the Bible based on the NIV. These studies help readers strengthen their understanding and appreciation of the Bible by enabling them to engage the Scripture on three levels:
- What does the Bible say? Questions to consider while reading the passage for each session.
- What does the passage mean? Unpacks key verses in the selected passage.
- How does the Scripture relate to my life? Provides three major ideas that have meaning for our lives today. The meaning of the selected passages are made clear by considering such aspects as ancient customs, locations of places, and the meanings of words.
The meaning of the selected passages are made clear by considering such aspects as ancient customs, locations of places, and the meanings of words. The simple format makes the study easy to use. Includes maps and glossary with key pronunciation helps.
Updates will include:
- New cover designs.
- New interior designs.
- Leader Guide per matching Participant Book (rather than multiple volumes in one book).
- Updated to 2011 revision of the New International Version Translation (NIV).
- Updated references to New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible.
- Include biblical chapters on the contents page beside session lesson titles for at-a-glance overview of biblical structure.
- Include larger divisions within the contents page to reflect macro-structure of each biblical book. Ex: Genesis 1-11; Genesis 12-50; Exodus 1-15; Exodus 16-40; Isaiah 1-39; Isaiah 40-66.
The simple format makes the study easy to use. Each volume is 13 sessions and has a separate leader guide.
About the Author
Brady Whitehead is a professor of religion and former chaplain at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. Brady has an undergraduate degree from Rhodes College, two master's degrees from Emory University, and a doctorate from Boston University School of Theology. He authored Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther for the Basic Bible Commentary series, has written for Adult Bible Studies, and made his latest contribution to the Bible Reader Series with God's Care for Us: A Study of Ezekiel.
Table of Contents
1 The Exiles Return (Ezra 1-2) 7
2 Rebuilding the Temple (Ezra 3-4) 14
3 The Decree of Cyrus (Ezra 5-6) 22
4 Ezra the Scribe (Ezra 7-10) 29
5 Nehemiah the Cupbearer (Nehemiah 1-2) 39
6 Restoring the Wall (Nehemiah 3-5) 48
7 The Census (Nehemiah 6-7) 56
8 The Book of the Law (Nehemiah 8-10) 63
9 Nehemiah's Reforms (Nehemiah 11-13) 72
10 Esther Becomes Queen (Esther 1-3) 81
11 Esther Plots Against Hainan (Esther 4-5) 90
12 Esther Intercedes for Mordecai (Esther 6-7) 97
13 The Feast of Purim (Esther 8-10) 104